Prepare to Teach Music

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for public schools endorses the Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Pre-Teacher Certification) for students wishing to pursue a career in K-12 music education. This degree program trains future music teachers in all areas including choral, instrumental, and general music, offering preparation in the necessary skills, knowledge, and appropriate methodologies for success at all levels of music education within California.

The music education major provides students with further opportunities to hone their skills by volunteering with local schools and arts organizations such as the Azusa Conservatory of Music. In addition, one-on-one faculty interaction provides guidance for students as they graduate and move on to credential and master’s degree programs.

A Crescendo of Opportunity

Are you wondering what it is like to be a music teacher? Learn more about the personal experiences of a music teacher here!

School of Music Accreditation

A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The university is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

University Reputation

U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2023 edition named Azusa Pacific to its list of top national universities and several other significant lists, including First-Year Experiences and Top Performers on Social Mobility. The Princeton Review designated APU as 1 of 126 institutions in the “Best Western Colleges” section of its 2023 Best Colleges guide. APU’s School of Nursing was named a top nursing school in California for 2023 by College Factual and Niche. APU was included as a top-100 degree producer by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education and is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Azusa Pacific is also a Military Friendly School and Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.